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Bill Watch, March 6, 2015: Current Family Law Legislation of Note - Family Law News

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Posted on: Mar 6, 2015

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following family law related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Lawren Mills at lawren.mills@icemillerstrategies.com.

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HB1196    CHINS AND DELINQUENT CHILD DUAL DETERMINATION. (MCNAMARA W) Requires that in a child in need of services (CHINS) determination, a court shall determine if the child has been adjudicated as a delinquent child. Requires that in a delinquency determination, a court shall determine if the child is a child in need of services. Provides that if a child is a child in need of services and has been adjudicated as a delinquent child, a court may determine if the department of child services or the probation department of the court shall be the lead agency supervising the child. Requires intake officers to complete the dual jurisdiction screening tool on certain children. Creates procedures to determine whether a child should be assessed by a dual jurisdiction assessment team. Creates dual jurisdiction assessment teams that will assess certain children and make recommendations to a juvenile court whether the court should proceed with applicable child in need of service petitions and delinquency petitions.

HB1434 DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES. (MAHAN K) Makes changes to the child services and juvenile laws concerning the following: (1) Criminal history background checks. (2) Exception of certain governmental employees to licensing or certification requirements of social workers and counselors. (3) The responsibilities of the department of child services. (4) Transitional services plans for certain individuals receiving foster care or collaborative care. (5) Regional service strategic plans. (6) Foster care. (7) Detention of children alleged to be children in needs of services. (8) Case plans for children in need of services. (9) Dispositional decrees and review of disposition decrees concerning children in needs of services. (10) Dispositional decrees and review of dispositional decrees concerning delinquent children. Repeals provisions concerning local plans for the provision of child protection services.

SB324 VARIOUS CHILD SUPPORT MATTERS. (HEAD R) Makes various changes to family and juvenile law concerning the following: (1) Parties entitled to file a paternity action. (2) Petitions for child support. (3) Petitions for adoption. (4) Adoption decrees. (5) Duties of the child support bureau. (6) Costs of services for children and payments of child support. Repeals the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act currently in effect and replaces it with an updated version of the act.

SB352 IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FOR ADOPTIONS. (STEELE B) Repeals, effective July 1, 2016, provisions applicable to adoptions finalized before January 1, 1994, that prohibit the release of identifying adoption information unless a consent to release the information is on file. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2016, identifying adoption information may be released unless a nonrelease is on file, regardless of when the adoption was filed. (Under current law, this provision applies only to adoptions filed after December 31, 1993.)

SB441    ELIMINATES CERTAIN TAX DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS. (HERSHMAN B) Eliminates the World War I veteran property tax deduction for property taxes imposed for an assessment date after 2015. Eliminates the enterprise zone investment deduction for qualified investments made after May 1, 2016. Eliminates the double direct test for the gross retail tax exemption for various transactions involving various types of tangible personal property. Specifies that the exemption applies if the tangible personal property is acquired for direct use or consumption in the production of tangible personal property when the person acquiring the property is occupationally engaged in the business of producing tangible personal property. Eliminates various add backs for purposes of determining Indiana adjusted gross income. Provides that business income is all income apportionable to the state under the Constitution of the United States. Eliminates various income tax deductions and exemptions. Broadens the add back to Indiana adjusted gross income related to intercompany interest expenses. Eliminates various income tax credits. Provides for a tax amnesty program. Makes technical corrections and conforming amendments.

SB564    STATUS OF MARRIAGE STUDY. (ZAKAS J) Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate study committee the topic of the status of marriage in Indiana. Specifies issues that may be considered in studying the topic and requires the committee to seek testimony from experts on marriage and divorce.

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